Blood Is a Very Special Fluid - Rudolf Steiner
From Rudolf Steiner Press Audio https://yewtu.be/watch?v=7rPzdvIO_S0 : From "Supersensible Knowledge"
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** Rudolf Steiner has written many books, and there are many, many lectures available. I can't say I agree 100% with all his material, I have not read it all.
..".. If, therefore, an evil power would influence a man, it must be able to influence his blood. This is the deep and spiritual meaning of the quotation from Faust.
"This is why the representative of the evil principle says: “Sign thy name to the pact with thy blood. If once I have thy name written in thy blood, then I can hold thee by that which above all sways a man; then shall I have drawn thee over to myself.”
For whoever has mastery over the blood is master of the man himself, or of the man's ego." "
"For example, the individuality of a people may be destroyed if, when colonizing, you demand from its blood more than it can bear, for in the blood the ego is expressed. Beauty and truth possess a man only when they possess his blood.
Mephistopheles obtains possession of Faust's blood because he desires to rule his ego. Hence we may say that the sentence which has formed the theme of the present lecture was drawn from the profound depths of knowledge; for truly —
“Blood is a Very Special Fluid.”
Shen: Emperor of the Heart
Within the Five Shen system we find something like a spiritual hierarchy: Shen–the spirit of the Heart–is the Emperor, with aspects of its power–like Ministers–residing as the spirits of the other organs. When these secondary spirits function as faithful emissaries of the Heart’s Shen, communication between our organs is balanced and harmonious resulting in a happy well-functioning “Body Politic.”
The element associated with the Heart’s Shen is fire. Its direction is south, and the planetary energy that it embodies is that of Mars. As the emperor of the Five Shen, it is associated with the overall quality of our awareness, which can be perceived in the energy flowing through our eyes. Clear, sparkling, responsive eyes are one indication of healthy Shen—awareness that is vibrant, fluid, and intelligent.
Zhi: the Kidney’s Will to Act
The Shen of the kidney system is Zhi or will. Zhi is associated with the element of water, and it carries the energy of the direction north and the planet Mercury. Zhi is the minister in charge of the intention and effort required to accomplish things. This includes the effort and perseverance needed to succeed in our spiritual practice. According to Taoism, the highest use of personal will is to align ourselves with the “will of Heaven,” i.e. with the Tao. The spirit-infused action arising from such a choice has the quality of wuwei: non-volitional and spontaneously skillful or "right" action.
Yi: Intellect of the Spleen
The spirit of the Spleen System is Yi or intellect. Yi is associated with the earth element. Its direction is center and its planetary energy is Saturn. Yi includes our capacity to use our conceptual mind to exercise discernment and to form intentions. An unbalanced Yi can manifest as discursiveness or unconscious internal chatter—a kind of over-thinking or “pensiveness” that damages the Spleen. A healthy Yi manifests as spirit-infused intelligence and understanding.
Po: the Corporeal Soul of the Lungs
The Po or corporeal soul is associated with the lungs and is the aspect of consciousness that dissolves with the elements of the body at the time of death. The Po belongs to the metal element, the direction west, and the planet Venus. Since the Po exists only within the context of a single lifetime, it tends to be associated with our immediate or more dense desires as opposed to the Hun, which expresses more long-range commitments.
Hun: the Ethereal Soul of the Liver
The Hun or ethereal soul is associated with the liver system and is the aspect of consciousness that continues to exist in more subtle realms even after the death of the body. The Hun is associated with the wood element, its direction is east, and its planetary energy is that of Jupiter. As our spiritual practice deepens, more and more of the Po–or physical–aspects of consciousness are transmuted or used as support for the Hun– or more ethereal–aspects. As this process unfolds, we are, within our very bodies, manifesting “Heaven on Earth.”
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